Drake withdraws from the race for the Grammy Awards

FILE PHOTO: The 2021 Billboard Music Awards ceremony outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Drake, with son Adonis, accepts the Artist of the Decade award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 23, 2021. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni

December 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian rapper Drake withdrew from the Grammy Awards on Monday, eliminating two nominations for music’s highest honor, sources close to the musician said.

Drake, 35, received two Grammy Award nominations last month in rap – best rap album for “Certified Lover Boy” and best rap performance for “Way 2 Sexy.”

Sources said the request to withdraw from consideration was made by the rapper and his manager but did not give a reason for the move. Sources say the Recording Academy’s website was updated on Monday to remove Drake’s nominations from the Grammy roster.

Drake, whose “Certified Lover Boy” is one of the best-selling albums of 2021, has a controversial relationship with the Grammys.

Last year, he criticized the Grammy Award for completely excluding fellow Canadian The Weeknd from its nominations. In 2019, Drake refused to perform at the ceremony then criticized the award show from the stage.

“I wanted to let you know we’re playing an opinion-based sport, not a fact-based sport,” he said as he accepted the Grammy Award for his single “God’s Plan.”

“This is a business where sometimes a lot of people might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada is saying or a Hispanic girl flying in from New York or anyone else.” Drake added.

Grammy nominations are selected by members of the Recording Academy and voted by members. Jazz musician Jon Batiste leads this year’s nominations with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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